n 1979, more than 100,000 women gathered to protest against the forced use of hijab after the Iranian Revolution, 1979. The protest was held on International Women’s Day.
These photos were taken by Hengameh Golestan:
“The atmosphere was very joyful. Women went on strike that day, because the night before they had announced in the papers that women should wear scarves when they went to work. So nobody went to work, they all went on strike, came to the streets and from early morning they began to march from the Tehran University.”
At the time, Golestan remembers that the Iranian people were very “politically charged” and believed change could be enacted by protesting in the streets.
“This time they were disappointed,” she says. “…the next day everybody had to wear the scarf.”
Text: History Cool Kids.